Penn law professor faces backlash, petition to resign over 'repugnant' comments on race and immigration
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A University of Pennsylvania law professor’s remarks on race and immigration have been condemned by the law school’s dean as “repugnant.”

Penn Law Professor Amy Wax spoke on immigration policy last week the at the National Conservatism conference in Washington and reportedly advocated for an immigration policy that “[I]n effect means taking the position that our country will be better off with more whites and fewer nonwhites.”


Ted Ruger, Dean of Penn’s law school, issued a statement strongly rebuking Wax’s remarks.

"At best, the reported remarks espouse a bigoted theory of white cultural and ethnic supremacy; at worst, they are racist,” he wrote.

Wax’s comments at the conference were first reported by Vox and later covered by national media outlets such as The New York Times and Buzzfeed.

Ruger made clear that when Wax “speaks about race and culture, she does not speak for this institution or those who work and study here.”

“I know these statements by Professor Wax have caused pain and outrage to many in the Penn community,” he wrote. “My colleagues and I pledge to work with you so that together we can heal, and learn from this experience and each other.”

Penn’s student newspaper the Daily Pennsylvanian reports several petitions are circulation online, some garnering thousands of signatures calling for Wax to at minimum apologize for her comments.

A 2019 graduates petition on calling for Wax to be fired is nearing 1,000 signatures.

A petition from the Latinx Law Students Association (LALSA) has the support of several other students organizations and condemns Wax’s comments as “racist.”

Wax is slated to take a sabbatical for the upcoming academic year, a move that was determined before her controversial comments.

The Hill has reached out to Penn and Wax for comment.